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article imageInfamous Rushdie 'fatwa' the focus of upcoming Iranian videogame

By Paul Iddon     Jun 28, 2012 in World
"The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict" is the name of an upcoming Iranian video game based on the infamous fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini which called for the murder of the Indian-British novelist.
It was on Valentines Day 1989 that the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa against Indian-British novelist Salman Rushdie. The Ayatollah called for the novelists murder for the publication of his book The Satantic Verses which he decried to be blasphemous against Islam. He offered $5.2 million for Rushdie's murder.
Now, 23 years on, an organization in Iran called the Islam Association of Students -- a regime sponsored group -- is developing a game called The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict. Reports from The Guardian, Global Post and The Sydney Morning Herald indicate that nothing is known regarding what kind of game this will be. Said reports speculate it could be anything form a strategy game or a first person shooter, it is also presumed that the goal of the player in the game is to carry out Khomeini's verdict, hence terrorizing and possibly even seeking the murder of the novelist.
The representative of the group developing the game Mohammad Taqi Fakhrian told the Mehr news agency the reason for the project, he stated that the group "felt we should find a way to introduce our third and fourth generation to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and its importance."
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